Gatwick Airport - From the 1960s to the 1980s
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Howard Asbridge (Narrator)
This DVD recreates the sights and sounds of Gatwick from as far back as 1959, right up to the late eighties. Using the same high-quality techniques and painstaking attention to detail as we did for our London Airport DVDs; ancient cine film, some more than 50 years old, has been digitally transformed to take you back in time.
Because it was used for charter flights to London, Gatwick always had such a variety of interesting airlines and aircraft. We start with the very early days, as an Air Links Dakota departs from an almost deserted apron. Then the big props arrive; DC6s, Britannias, Viscounts and CL44s. There’s also a delightful Canadian Air Force Bristol Freighter, a Balair DC4 and one of Caledonian’s first DC7Cs.
Soon, the whine of early jets is heard, as the BAC 1-11 era begins. Adding to the din are 707s and DC8s from the USA and Canada, Spanish DC9s, the legendary Dan Air Comet 4s and lots more.
Gradually, the wide-bodied era starts, with early 747s, including a ‘Big Orange’ from Braniff, appearing alongside DC10s and Tristars, featuring airlines like CP Air, Wardair, Air Florida, BCAL, Cal Air, World Airlines, TWA and British Airtours.
Gatwick in its heyday was always a favourite place for airliner enthusiasts. Now you can step back in time and visit it once more!
Also from this series:
Avion Video Series
- 1 McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30
- 2 Various Aircraft
- 3 British Aerospace BAe 146-200
- 4 Bristol 175 Britannia C.1
- 5 Douglas Dakota IV
- 6 Douglas Dakota III
- 7 Douglas DC-7C Seven Seas
- 8 Douglas DC-6B
- 9 Lockheed L-1049H Super Constellation
- 10 Douglas DC-6B
- 11 Douglas DC-6B
- 12 Handley Page HP.81 Hermes 4
- 13 Douglas C-54A Skymaster
- 14 Bristol 170 Freighter Mk.31M
- 15 Bristol 175 Britannia 102
- 16 McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32
- 17 Bristol 175 Britannia 314
- 18 BAC-111-201AC One-Eleven
- 19 De Havilland DH106 Comet 4C
- 20 BAC-111-509EW One-Eleven
- 21 BAC-111-201AC One-Eleven
- 22 BAC-111-201AC One-Eleven
- 23 BAC 111-301AG One-Eleven
- 24 BAC-111-201AC One-Eleven
- 25 Boeing 707-349C
- 26 Tupolev Tu-134A & Bristol 175 Britannia C.1
- 27 Douglas DC-8-63
- 28 Vickers VC10 Srs.1103
- 29 Douglas C-53D Skytrooper
- 30 Ilyushin Il-18V
- 31 Douglas DC-6B
- 32 Bristol 175 Britannia 314
- 33 Vickers 755D Viscount
- 34 Bristol 175 Britannia 314
- 35 Various Aircraft
- 36 Beechcraft 65-B80 Queen Air
- 37 Beechcraft 65 Queen Air
- 38 Learjet 25
- 39 Boeing 707-373C
- 40 Douglas DC-6B
- 41 De Havilland DH106 Comet 4C
- 42 Boeing 737-204
- 43 Vickers 833 Viscount
- 44 BAC-111-201AC One-Eleven
- 45 Douglas DC-6B
- 46 Boeing 707-138B
- 47 BAC 111-320AZ One-Eleven
- 48 Canadair CL-44D4-6
- 49 Bristol 175 Britannia 312
- 50 Airspeed AS.57 Ambassador
- 51 Boeing 707-355C
- 52 Douglas DC-8-61CF
- 53 BAC-111-501EX One-Eleven
- 54 BAC-111-201AC One-Eleven
- 55 BAC 111-320AZ One-Eleven
- 56 Sud Aviation SE 210 Caravelle 10B1R
- 57 See also
The 1984 Control Tower of London Gatwick Airport (LGW/EGKK) in the background.
The scene is rather late 1990's than 80's.
1 - Lockheed L-1011-385-1 TriStar 1 of Air Atlanta Icelandic.
2 - Boeing 737 Classic in unknown livery.
3 - Unidentified Aircraft.
4 - Boeing 777-236/ER registration G-VIIK, c/n 28840 from British Airways in Animals and trees - World Art tails livery.]]
Registration XL639, c/n 13448. Built in 1959, written off in 1980. Same aircraft in other works at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft (Military Fixed-Wing).
Registration G-AMKE, c/n 25928. Ex RAF, first civilian use with British European Airways from June 1951 to April 1961, then sold to Air Links for service from July 1961 to August 1962. Sold to Salisbury, Rhodesia.
Registration F-BIAM, c/n 44062.
Registration F-BHEF, c/n 44697.
To the left background, an Intercontinental Lockheed L-1049H Super Constellation .
Registration G-ALDG, c/n 8. This fuselage is the only surviving remnant of the 25 Hermes 4’s built. Delivered in 1950, Horsa operated with BOAC, Airwork and Silver City until 1962, when she was retired to BUA-British United Airways for cabin training, and was later used for smoke evacuation training at London Gatwick Airport (LGW/EGKK). The fuselage arrived at Duxford in 1981 and has been gradually restored.
Registration G-ANBA, c/n 12902. Built in January 1954, remained under Bristol Aeroplane Company Ltd, then Bristol Aircraft Ltd ownership until August 1957, then delivered to B.O.A.C. Operated until March 1970, on lease under Britannia Airways colours in the mid 1960's.
Registration EC-BIO, c/n 47090.
Registration G-ATMA, c/n 13428. Delivered to Caledonian Airways on December 1965 and operated until October 1969. Sold to Kenya in April 1971, then returned back to the UK with International Aviation Services Ltd in May 1972. Permanent withdrawn from use in June 1973.
Registration G-ASJA, c/n 005. The first production of BAC-111. Previous identities include G-ASJA with BUA and XB-MUO with the Fuerza Aerea Mexicana (Government VIP transport). Later was owned by Kenny Rogers as N3756F and N97KR. B/U July 1989.
Bristol Britannia to the right background.
Already seen above.
Registration G-APDL, c/n 06413. Delivered to B.O.A.C in May 1957. Sent to Kenya in 1965, returned to the UK in 1967 for B.O.A.C then sold to Dan-Air London in 1971.
A BAC-111-509EW One-Eleven of Caledonian Airways is taxiing behind it (listed below), with another Caledonian Airways airplane in the background that seems to be a Boeing 707, and at least a BAC-111 One-Eleven in in the far background to the right.
Another one on final approach to the runway.
Registration G-ASJF, c/n 010. Delivered in June 1963. Changed to CALEDONIAN/BUA in November 1970, then as British Caledonian Airways in late 1972. Sold to USA in 1982.
Another one G-ASJ_ in the foreground.
Another one G-ASJ_ in the background.
Registration G-ASJH, c/n 012. Delivered in June 1963. Changed to CALEDONIAN/BUA in November 1970, then as British Caledonian Airways in late 1972. Sold to Pacific Express as N105EX in March 1982. Re-registred EI-BWL in 1984 and operated by Braniff Inc. until the late 1980. Then sold to British Air Ferries in 1990, renamed British World Airlines in 1993. Wfu at Southend in 1994.
Registration G-AOBN, c/n 11711. Delivered to USAAF in May 1953. Bought by AB Aerotransport in 1945, then became SAS until 1951, when she was sold to French airline Cie Aérienne de Transport Indochinoise (CATI), renamed Air Outre Mer in 1953. In 1955 the plane was sold to the Britih company Air Kruise as G-AOBN. When Air Kruise was merged into Silver City Airways in October 1957, the plane adopted the colour of this company. In 1960, she was converted into a Radio Calibration Aircraft. In 1962,Silver City Airways merged into British United Airways and our C-53D wore British United livery with Radio Calibration Unit titles. In November 1968 she became part of British United Island Airways (BUIA) with specific colour of Calibration Unit. In July 1970 G-AOBN was transferred to BIA, sold to Air Anglia in 1971, then Air Freight Ltd, Skyways Cargo. Ended her time in Ethiopia in 1977.
Same aircraft in other works at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft (Civil Fixed-Wing).
1 - Vickers 755D Viscount of Invicta International Airlines.
2 - Airspeed AS.57 Ambassador 2 of DECCA Navigator. Registration G-AZLP, c/n 5213. Delivered to BEA in 12.51. Acquired by Decca Navigator in 11.63 after serving the King of Morocco as CN-MAK, she was sold to South Seas Airways in 11.71.
3 - Bristol 175 Britannia 314 of Transglobe Airways.
4 - Bristol 175 Britannia with unidentified livery.
An unidentified black/orange light aircraft on the right of her.
On the right.
Registration G-AWSY, c/n 20236. Delivered in November 1968. Wfu December 1993.
Registration G-APTD, c/n 426. Delivered new to Hunting Clan in July 1959. Operated by BUA-British United Airways from July 1960 until 1969. Sold to Israël in 1970.
Registration G-AVYZ, c/n 133. Delivered to Laker Airways on November 1967. Sold to British Caldeonian Airways as G-BKAX in April 1982 and operated until September 1983, then bought by OBS Limited for sale to Nigeria.
On approach for landing.
With Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B of the Series 61.
Another one maybe?